The Yankees squeaked one past the Pittsburgh Pirates today with a 9-8 victory.

AJ Burnett was good for four innings but when he came in the fifth inning, he allowed six runs, giving away to Damaso Marte to finish up the inning. All in all, Burnett allowed 7 runs on 6 hits. He wasn’t unstoppable today.

Mariano Rivera pitched to four batters, allowing one hit, but striking out the other three batters he faced. Phil Coke pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out four and earning the win. Jose Veras wrapped up the top of the 9th, although he allowed two hits.

The Yankees’ offense barrage mostly happened during the 4th inning when they scored 7 runs. Xavier Nady (2 for 3), Johnny Damon (3 for 4) and Nick Swisher all hit doubles, and Robinson Cano earned a home run for his only hit of the game. Six Yankees had RBIs. The four above plus Derek Jeter and Carmen Angelini.

Andy Pettitte will pitch against the Blue Jays tomorrow at their complex at 1:05pm.